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Megan Bell Hired as Director of Saint Mary's Preschool

Megan Bell Hired as Director of Saint Mary's Preschool

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 21, 2011―Megan Ann Bell has been hired as the new Preschool director at Saint Mary’s Parish School, located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

In her new position, she will teach children in the afternoon “young five’s” program at Saint Mary’s and oversee a staff of five teachers and classroom aides in Saint Mary’s Parish School’s “three-year-old,”  “four-year-old” and “young five’s connect” programs, plus in the “extension” child-care program.

Bell graduated in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree and teaching certificate in early elementary education from Western Michigan University. She also earned endorsements in early childhood education and language arts.

Before joining Saint Mary’s Parish, Bell worked in the Great Start Readiness program at Ferry Elementary School, based in Grand Haven.  While employed there, she taught four-year-old children.

Haiti Missionary Tom Braak Begins Speaking Engagements Outlining Strides Made in Haiti

Haiti Missionary Tom Braak Begins Speaking Engagements Outlining Strides Made in Haiti

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., July 20, 2011—When Haiti missionary Tom Braak returns to west Michigan for a series of speaking engagements from late July to early September, he will not be discussing the devastation of Haiti but rather the strides made in water purification, sustainable development programs and ministering to Haiti’s poor through the organization he founded in 1997 known as Faith in Action International.

On July 31, Braak will serve as guest speaker during the sermon time of worship around 10:15 a.m. at Temple United Methodist Church, 2500 Jefferson Street in Muskegon Heights.  That same evening, he will be a guest speaker during the “Worship on the Waterfront” (W.O.W.) service in Grand Haven at 7:30 p.m. at Chinook Pier.

Saint Mary's Festival a Huge Amount of Fun!

Saint Mary's Festival a Huge Amount of Fun!

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 9, 2011 -- Hundreds of people turned out at the annual and very popular Saint Mary's Festival.  The festival featured kids' rides, games of chance, a bake sale, Bungee flying fun, a dunk tank, a White Elephant Sale, entertainment, food, beer tent, Bingo and a raffle.

The White Elephant Sale featured a variety of bake ware, office furniture, office equipment, men, women and children's clothing, games, books, kitchen items, plus sporting goods and household furniture.

Some of the more unusual items available at the White Elephant Sale included a pair of men's waders, a salt-water aquarium, deep-sea diving suit, hand-painted porcelain bakeware and unusual Christmas ornaments.

Reminder: Saint Mary’s Church White Elephant Sale and Festival this weekend

Saint Mary’s Church’s largest public fundraising event of the year―the annual White Elephant Sale and Festival―will be held July 8 and 9 at the church, 406 East Savidge Street in Spring Lake.  A raffle drawing for $11,500 will highlight the event.  The general public is encouraged and welcome to attend.

New this year will be a public fish boil, plus two children’s games called “The Berry-Go-Round” and “The Tumbler.” The Berry-Go-Round is a giant strawberry that twirls kids around and they control how fast the rides turn.  The Tumbler looks like a hamster wheel, whereby, kids are strapped in and go in circles plus upside down.

Also new will be the headline entertainment in the evening beer tent, featuring local performer Brian Fedewa.  He has performed professionally in Chicago and is a career musician.  In addition, Luke Perfect will perform as a disc jockey in the afternoon to provide musical entertainment.

First Reformed Church Selects Faith in Action International To Help With Feeding Program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., July 2, 2011 – The plight of the world’s poorest has been increasingly on the heart of First Reformed Church. 

Many of the teachings in the past year have focused on God’s clear and uncompromising call for His Church to come to the aid of those in need.  Members of First Reformed Church also recently read the book, The Hole In Our Gospel as a congregation which deeply impacted many about how they could make a difference in the world. 

The church responded with a special challenge to work for free for one day and give that days’ wages toward building two schools in Africa through Samaritan’s Purse.  The whole church responded and enough money was given to build the schools as well as a church in Bolivia.  Now they are tackling the hunger crisis in Haiti.

Artists transforming Grand Haven City Beach Saturday

The Grand Haven City Beach will become a canvas for artists Saturday, as the sand sculpture contest returns for its 30th year. 

Artists who register at 9 a.m. will have two hours to create their sculptures before judging at noon.  Registration costs $10 to $20.  The categories include families, teams, children, castles, adult and child.  In past years, artists have transformed sand into Asian Carp, gorillas, elephants, vehicles and soccer stadiums.  Visitors are invited to walk the beach and vote for their favorite piece.

The sand sculpture contest coincides with the Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival.  This is the 50th year for the event, which features original handmade artwork, auctions, craft making and other family activities.  The Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival runs from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday June 27. 

Saint Mary’s Church White Elephant Sale and Festival is July 8 & 9

News Release:


SPRING LAKE, Mich., June 13, 2011 – Saint Mary’s Church’s largest public fundraising event of the year―the annual White Elephant Sale and Festival―will be held July 8 and 9 at the church, 406 East Savidge Street in Spring Lake.  A raffle drawing for $11,500 will highlight the event.  The general public is encouraged and welcome to attend.


New this year will be a public fish boil, plus two children’s games called “The Berry-Go-Round” and “The Tumbler.” The Berry-Go-Round is a giant strawberry that twirls kids around and they control how fast the rides turn.  The Tumbler looks like a hamster wheel, whereby, kids are strapped in and go in circles plus upside down.


Also new will be the headline entertainment in the evening beer tent, featuring local performer Brian Fedewa.  He has performed professionally in Chicago and is a career musician.  In addition, Luke Perfect will perform as a d